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US adds Saeed-backed party to list of terror organisations

The Trump administration had recently criticised Islamabad for allowing JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to continue his political activities unchecked.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2017 23:48 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Milli Muslim League,Jamaat-ud-Dawa,Hafiz Saeed
File photo of Milli Muslim League president Saifullah Khalid (second from left) at a news conference in Islamabad.(Reuters)

The United States has added the Milli Muslim League, which is backed by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), to its list of terrorist organisations, with expectations that more entities will soon be added soon to this index.

“While Pakistan is an important partner for achieving US priorities in the region, this administration has also set clear expectations for Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist and militant groups that operate from Pakistani soil,” Daily Dawn on Friday quoted a US state department official as saying.

The official did not identify the groups that the US wanted Pakistan to go after, but local media quoted diplomatic observers in Washington, who say that they see the move against the backdrop of a recent statement, in which the Trump administration criticised Islamabad for allowing JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to continue his political activities unchecked.

Washington had expressed similar concerns after the Lahore by-election this year, in which Saeed’s group backed the Milli Muslim League. Recent media reports suggest that Saeed may also participate in the 2018 general elections.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 18:47 IST